Plenty of quotes from horror movies encapsulate the last two and a half years, but this might be the best one–nobody trusts anybody now, and we’re all very tired. It’s only fitting that it comes from one of the best horror movies ever made, John Carpenter’s 1982 masterpiece The Thing, which just turned forty.
To the uninitiated: The Thing is a remake of 1951’s The Thing From Another World, about a shapeshifting alien horror that terrorizes the crew of an antarctic research station. It is a moody creature feature full of gore and paranoia. If you’ve never seen it, you should! It will be in select theaters next week.
I picked up the 4K remaster on Blu-Ray last fall and made my friends watch it, and I’m pleased to report that it is as fantastic now as it was when I first saw it in high school. I was worried that the special effects would look a little goofy remastered, but even those hold up well. Perhaps I should have expected that: Rob Bottin’s practical effects are legendary in the film world, and he worked himself so hard on this movie that he was hospitalized for exhaustion.
Anyway: SYFY recently published an oral history of the film that has a lot of great stuff about its creation and legacy. If you’re a fan, check it out.
What are some horror movies you folks love? I’m always open to recommendations on that front.
All threads are open threads–this one is no exception.